High School Basketball

All-Whatcom County Girls’ Basketball

Kara Bajema

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

What she did: Scored a team-high 15.5 points per game, including a season-high 31 points in the final game of the season against Granger. ... Only scored in single figures five times is 25 games. ... Led the Lyncs to a 22-5 record, a Northwest Conference title and a fourth-place finish at the Class 1A State Tournament. ... An extremely long and athletic defender who causes opponents havoc and can get out in transition. ... All-NWC first-team selection.

Emily Brandland

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What she did: Averaged 14.8 points per game, including tallying a season-high 24 points three times. ... Was held to single figures only five times in 25 games. ... Helped the Mountaineers to a 14-12 record and came within one game of making the Class 1A State Tournament. ... One of the best pure shooters in the league and could handle the ball with poise when called upon to do so. ... Height made her a true threat on offense. ... All-Northwest Conference second-team selection.

Maddy Bryan

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What she did: Scored a team-high 13 points per game, including a season-high 22 points against Squalicum. ... Also tallied 20 points on two other occasions early in the season against league opponents. ... Led the Mariners to a Class 2A State Tournament berth and a 9-16 record. ... In the Mariners’ playoff run, averaged 14.6 points per game. ... A smart, hardworking talent with a strong shot, good rebounding skills and a nose for the ball on defense. ... All-NWC second-team selection.

Breanna Chau

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What she did: Scored 8.3 points per game, including an impressive 17 points against Lynden in the district playoffs and a season-high 18 against White River in the Class 2A State Regional. ... Averaged 11.6 points per game in the postseason. ... Led the Borderites to a 12-13 record and state regional round berth. ... A great senior leader, who was the ideal pass-first point guard but still was a crafty ballhandler who could get to the rim. ... All-Northwest Conference second-team selection.

Sara Dougan

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Post

What she did: Led the Lyncs in rebounds and assists while adding 9.7 points per game, including a season-high 21 points against Ferndale to help LC secure a Northwest Conference title. ... Helped the Lyncs to a 22-5 record and a fourth-place finish at the 1A State Tournament. ... A vocal captain who’s athleticism went beyond her 6-4 frame. ... Strong interior presence on offense with great passing skills and a great interior defender. ... All-NWC first-team selection.

Mandy Hayes

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What she did: Scored a team-high 13 points per game, including a season-high 23 points against Burlington-Edison. ... Remarkably consistent for a shooter — only held to single digits five times in 25 games. ... Led the Borderites to a 12-13 record and 2A State Regional. ... Phenomenal shooter who always seemed to get open, even when opponents keyed on her. ... Strong leader the Borderites needed with Taylor V’Dovec sidelined for much of the year. ... All-NWC first-team selection.

Linsey Honeycutt

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Post

What she did: Second-best scorer in the Northwest Conference with 20.35 points per game, including a season-high 33 points against Mount Baker. ... Scored more than 20 points 13 times this season and was held to single digits only once in 23 games. ... Led Ferndale to an 18-5 record and a district playoff appearance. ... Four-year starter who gets most of her points from hardwork. ... Exceptional rebounder and capable to step out and hit a 15-footer. ... All-NWC Most Valuable Player.

Elisa Kooiman

School: Lynden

Year: Sophomore

Position: Forward

What she did: Third in the league in scoring average with 17.3 points per game, including a season-high 31 against Blaine in the district playoffs. ... Remarkable postseason, averaging 20 points per game. ... Led the Lions to an 18-9 record and a sixth-place Class 2A State Tournament finish. ... Fantastic offensively, doing whatever she could to get to the rim. ... Much improved on the defensive end and has an unbelievable will to win. ... All-Northwest Conference first-team selection.

Kaitlyn Mark

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Wing

What she did: Averaged 13.8 points per game, including a season-high 28 in the district championship game. ... Averaged 14.9 points per game in the postseason. ... Helped the Lions to an 18-9 record and a sixth-place Class 2A State Tournament finish. ... The best 3-point shooter in the league and could step back and hit from anywhere. ... Added the ability to create her own shot this season and was an unselfish senior for Lynden. ... All-Northwest Conference second-team selection.

Mariah Perry

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What she did: Averaged a team-high 10.5 points per game, including a season-high 20 against Squalicum. ... Scored in double figures in 16 of 26 games. ... Led the Pioneers to a 17-9 record and a Class 1A State Regional, where the Pioneers fell to eventual sixth-place state finisher Granger. ... Nooksack Valley’s quiet captain and a great leader. ... Great ballhandler and found unique ways to get to the rim with her quickness. ... All-Northwest Conference first-team selection.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Kim Kirk

School: Sehome

What she did: Guided the Mariners to a 9-16 record. ... Directed Sehome into the postseason by winning four of its last seven games, including a regular season-ending win over Bellingham, which secured a spot in the district playoffs. ... At district went 2-2, including two second-half comeback wins to earn a trip to the Class 2A state regional round. ... Fell to Sammamish in the Class 2A regional. ... All-Northwest Conference Coach of the Year.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player School
Emily Benson Bellingham
Ellesse FitzGerald Meridian
Sarah Hulbert Squalicum
Treena Humphreys Lummi
Makayla Lancaster Lynden Chr.
Arlissa Oettel Nooksack
Brianna Turner Nooksack
Taylor V’Dovec Blaine
Abby Reid Ferndale
Chalae Wolters Squalicum
Joelle Zamora Bellingham
Ryley Zapien Meridian
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